December 16 - Report from Washington

In the early hours of Wednesday, December 16, negotiated text of the $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill was publicly release. Read Full Report »

September 30 - Report from Washington

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the federal government through December 11, 2015, averting a government shutdown. Read Full Report »

July 16 - Report from Washington

The Senate Appropriations met today and approved the FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill.  The spending bill funds the Agriculture and Food Research Iniative at the same level as the prior fiscal yearRead Full Report »

July 8 - Report from Washington

The House Appropriations Committee met and approved the FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which funds the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and other USDA agencies. Read Full Report »

June 18 - Report from Washington

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies met and approved its FY2016 spending for USDA agencies, including the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Read Full Report »

February 2 - Report from Washington

President Obama released his FY 2016 budget request today which includes a top-line increase of $213 million for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Read Full Report »

December 14 - Report from Washington

Late Thursday evening, the House approved the $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill by a vote of 219-206. After an entire day's worth of fear and doubt about the bill's passage,it made its way to the Senate and was approved by a 56-40 vote late Saturday night. Read Full Report »

December 9 - Report from Washington

House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a version of the omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government for the rest of FY 2015. Read Full Report »

October 6 - Action Alert from Washington

Oppose the elimination for the Matching Funds Provision in the FY2015 Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Read Full Report »

May 29 - Report from Washington

Today, the full House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill. Read Full Report »

May 22 - Report from Washington

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee and the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee met this week and approved the FY 2015 spending bill for USDA agencies, including the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Read Full Report »

March 10 - President's Budget Released

President Obama's FY 2015 Budget was released last week and includes proposed spending for federal departments and agencies, including the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). We have examined the detailed budget justification documents and can now share the following with respect to NIFA. Read Full Report »

Jan. 29 - Farm Bill Produces NIFA Victories

The Senate and House of Representatives have finally reached agreement on a new five-year Farm Bl. By an overwhelming margin of 251 to 166, the House today passed the conference report to accompany H.R. 2642, which is now titled the "Agricultural Act of 2014" and the Senate is expected to follow suit within the next day or two. Most of the land-grant system's Farm Bill priorities were incorporated within Title VII (Research & Extension) or other portions of the bill. Read Full Report »

Jan. 14 - Appropriations Results - NIFA Wins

House and Senate appropriators were able to reach agreement on all 12 of the appropriations bills and an omnibus measure incorporating them is expected to pass both chambers within the next few days. All seven of the land-grant system's NIFA priorities received increases compared to both FY 2013 and FY 2012. In total, the system's priority funding lines were up $107 million compared to FY 2013 and $69 million compared to FY 2012. Read Full Report »

Dec. 19 - Deal Clears Way for Appropriations Bills

Both the Senate and House of Representatives have now passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 and President Obama is expected to sign this measure into law within the next few days. This action clears the way for Congress to complete action on the FY 2014 appropriations bill with a target date of mid-January 2014 (which is when the current stop-gap funding bill expires). Read Full Report »

Sept. 27 - Appropriations/Farm Bill Update

Congress is currently debating a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund operations of the federal government after the new fiscal year begins on October 1. The House has already passed a version of the CR which would fund programs until December 15 at the same amounts they received in FY 2013. Also, the Farm Bill continues to "inch along." Read Full Report »

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